Jenson Button says there are “definitely positives” to take from qualifying in Canada as he finished P12 and helped Fernando Alonso book a place in the top ten.
Button qualified 12th for Sunday’s 70-lap Canadian Grand Prix as his 1:14.437 was tenths short of a place inside the top ten.
However, on the other side of the McLaren garage, Alonso did get through.
A welcome down down the back straight from Button helped elevate his team-mate into Q3 where Alonso finished tenth.
Button explained: “Sitting on the cusp of the top 10 is essentially where we are right now – and it’s where we’ve been for the past few races.
“Still, this is a circuit on which we hadn’t anticipated being as competitive as we were in Monaco, so there are definitely positives to take from today.
“On my final Q2 lap, I didn’t get a tow down the back straight, and Fernando did – he got a tow from me! – so, up until the last sector, it was looking good for Q3, but then I didn’t get the tow and lost out.”
Looking ahead to the grand prix, Button is hoping that whether it stays dry or the rain comes down, his tyre choices will help him work his way into the points.
“If it’s dry tomorrow, I’ll be starting on new tyres and will be aiming to make the best of it and score some points,” said the Brit.
“If it’s wet, we’ll just have to see what happens; the weather can really mix things up, and we’ve shown our strengths in making the tyres work and choosing the right strategy, so there’s plenty to look forward to.”